This weekend: 155th Commemoration of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher

This weekend, Fort Fisher will mark the 155th Commemoration of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher. The event will feature a tactical demonstration.

  Pulitzer Prize-winning writer explores 1898 Massacre in ‘Wilmington’s Lie’

  Learn the ins and outs of impeachment at panel discussion

  A must-see show: Put on ‘A Little More Mascara’ and go see ‘La Cage aux Folles’

  Wilmington teen competes on Food Network show

  Port City Rip the Runway to raise money for scholarship that honors the life of a longtime educator

  YWCA expands three programs into Pender County

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  Girl Scout cookie season kicks off

  Floating Lantern Ceremony provides community with opportunity to remember and reflect

  Let your creative side flourish at Art & The Bloom

  Pine Valley UMC hosts Christmas Eve meal

  Free trees: homeowners can pick up trees to replace ones lost to Hurricane Florence

  Pleasure Island neighbors invite you to tour their homes this holiday season

  ‘Elf’ cast will spread Christmas cheer in Wilmington

The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

  ‘#Alice’ is a high-tech twist on a classic fairytale

#Alice is the story of a young girl who gets sucked into her smart phone and has to navigate her way back out

Comedy is going to the dogs!

If you’re looking to save the lives of shelter pets and have a laugh, don’t miss the Dog-Gone Comedy Show this weekend!

  Twins from Wilmington get their big break in ‘The Politician’

Trey and Trevor Eason, twins from Wilmington, got a lot of buzz for their roles in the Netflix show, 'The Politician'

  Good Friends come together to support those in need

  New Hanover County Schools launches online reporting system

  First at Four recipe: All-purpose rub for pork, chicken or beef

  Conserve Cape Fear: What can and cannot be recycled at New Hanover County’s facility

  Harnessing the power of the sun, homeowners beam when talking about solar panels

  Vintage store owner is a wonder when it comes to reduce, reuse, recycle

  ‘Pretty is as pretty does,’ says salon owner who made her business more sustainable

An industry that’s supposed to make others beautiful creates a big mess. That’s why one salon owner is taking action to cut down on what she tosses in the trash and she hopes the trend spreads.

  Trash to treasure artist dumpster dives and collects beach pollution for inspiration

A trained architect, Robert Anderson’s quest to turn trash into art started when he was walking along the coast during a beach renourishment project and saw trash being brought to the surface

  Shuckin’ Shack shares recipe for Low Country Boil

The Shuckin’ Shack stopped in to the WECT kitchen Tuesday to share an easy, delicious one pot meal!

  Start your holidays on the right track by making a stop at the Christmas Train and Light Spectacular

The event kicks off Friday, Nov. 29, at the Wilmington Railroad Museum at 505 Nutt St.

  Foster parents needed as our region still grapples with opioid crisis

New Hanover County has more 400 children and Brunswick County has about 120 children who are in the foster care system

  New Russell Crowe movie filmed scenes along Front Street

Directors Mark Fortin and Joshua Miller talk about filming the Russell Crowe movie in Wilmington and tease that they may bring their next project to town.

  Explore to possibilities of the present with ‘Awakening’

A performance promised to stir a palate of emotions will be presented this week in Wilmington.

  Beauty pageant has a plot twist

All of the contestants have one thing in common

  St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church hosts its second annual German Christmas Market this weekend

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church hosts its second German Christmas Market this weekend

  Director wins award for film about uncle’s brain injury

"That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" is screening during the 2019 Cucalorus Festival in Wilmington.

  Musical comedy at Cucalorus looks at online toxicity and superfandom through the eyes of four online gamers

The musical, Push the Point, follows four online gamers through their squad-based mission

  'The MisEducation of Bindu’ marks a return to Cucalorus for Indian character

A character first introduced in a short film at Cucalorus returns to the festival.

  PinkSocks founder spreads message of empathy, connection and kindness during keynote speech at Cucalorus

Cucalorus keynote speaker, Nick Adkins, is the co-founder of Pinksocks Life, a nonprofit organization focused on promoting human connection around the world by socially supporting other public charities.

  Spotlight on Cucalorus: ‘Black Barbie’ looks at introduction of diverse doll

A film that looks at the creation of the first Black Barbie is part of the Cucalorus festival.

  Donation drive will help animals in need after Hurricane Dorian

Help pets in the Bahamas still struggling after the hurricane

  Kick off Cucalorus with the Visual/Sound/Walls Opening Night Party

This week, Cucalorus celebrates 25 years in Wilmington; it kicks off Wednesday with a show that mixes music, live performance, film and dance

  Film and dance come together for annual Dance-a-lorus

Dance-a-lorus became so popular in its first year at Cucalorus, it’s hard to imagine the festival without it

  Rise & Shine: The Inspiration Lab’s conference will bring together working women

The Inspiration Lab is a professional women’s organization that gives other women the tools to find balance and grow in both their personal and professional lives

  Cucalorus celebrates its 25th year in Wilmington

This year, Cucalorus celebrates 25 years of bringing filmmakers together in Wilmington for a festival that includes movies, stage performances and thought-provoking discussions

  Neon bikes to light up the night in Carolina Beach for a good cause

The Carolina Beach Bar Club organized the Neon Bike Brigade Fundraiser, which is on Nov. 9 at Carolina Beach Lake Park

  Event lets you feel fabulous and thrifty at the same time

New items donated by Protocol, Fisherman's Wife and Bevello are for sale, as well as gently used clothing, children's items, household goods, furniture, home decor and other items donated by JLW members and sustainers

  First Act: 'The Exonerated’ tells the stories of wrongly convicted death-row prisoners

The play follows each individual’s story from arrest through release, including life after death row.

  UNCW celebrates cultures from every continent at annual iFest

UNCW’s annual Intercultural Festival is a celebration of world cultures featuring music and dance, food and informational booths representing more than 25 countries

  Polka! The Polish Festival returns this year after Florence forced organizers to cancel last year

From pierogi to polka, all things Polish will be celebrated Saturday at the St. Stanislaus Church Polish Festival in Castle Hayne.

  Rape Crisis Center cautions to avoid victim blaming in light of assaults on men downtown

Chelsea Croom, the supervisor of the Rape Crisis Center of Coastal Horizons, said in light of the reports of attacks on men in downtown Wilmington, she wanted to remind the community to avoid victim blaming and, instead, focus on sexual assault prevention.

  Communities In Schools of Cape Fear to hold Blue & White Bash to raise money for its mission

Volunteers from Communities In Schools of Cape Fear work to surround students with a community of support

  Largest coastal outdoor art show in North Carolina returns to Wilmington

New Hanover County Arboretum and the Wilmington Art Association present Art in the Arboretum

  Nonprofit group, Be The Adult, teaches calm and effective parenting skills

Be The Adult is a nonprofit organization that mentors parents, with the hope that children will grow into their best selves. The group has a fundraiser this weekend.

  Art walk planned for historic Carolina Place/Ardmore neighborhood

The Historic Streetcar District of downtown Wilmington will host the community’s first art walk this weekend

  Halloween show highlights the lighter side of the things that go bump in the night

The latest show from Pineapple-Shaped Lamps, Laughing in the Dark, comes to the stage tomorrow at the Ruth & Bucky Stein Theatre inside Thalian Hall

  The Carousel Center Beer & Wine Festival makes changes to accommodate larger crowd

The festival has two sessions this year; One is from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the second is from 5 to 9 p.m.

  STEM Activity Days planned to get children interested in science, technology, engineering and math careers

Educators and business leaders will come together for a day dedicated to inspiring children to pursue careers in the STEM fields

  Biennial faculty exhibition shows off the talents of UNCW staff

UNCW's biennial faculty exhibition begins October 24

  Kure Beach hosts pet-friendly Howl-O-Ween event

Put your pet’s costume on (if they will let you) and head to Kure Beach for the community’s first-ever Howl-O-Ween dog costume contest

  New Wilmington theatre troupe will make its debut this week with ‘Showstoppers’

A new branch of the Opera House Theatre Company called the Third Act Players will make their Wilmington debut this October with their production of Showstoppers.

  First at Four Recipe: Easy pumpkin tiramisu

This delicious dessert will certainly win the heart of every fall food fanatic!

  Actors in ‘Puffs’ plan to cast a spell on audiences

It's a show about kids with certain magical powers, attending a certain school for witches and wizards

  Waccamaw Siouan Pow Wow invites community to learn more about Native American culture

The 49th annual Waccamaw Siouan Pow Wow gives the community a chance to learn more about the culture, art and lives of Columbus County’s Native American tribe.

  Flu shot fact and fiction

MinuteClinic Nurse Practitioner Annie Krzan joined us on WECT News First at Four to dispel common myths about the flu vaccine

  Magazine that showcases the people, places of North Carolina launches new feature

'Our State Magazine' goes beyond the paper edition with 'An Island of Your Own.'

  ‘Driving Without Privilege’ lecture examines the locations, importance and continued legacy of ‘The Green Book’

Historian Lettie Shumate said 50 Wilmington locations were included in The Green Book, a guidebook for African American travelers, published annually by Victor H. Green from 1936 to 1966.

  ‘Jitney’ explores the issues of gentrification, reconciliation and survival for African Americans in the 1970s

A group of men drive illegal taxi cabs in a neighborhood where other drivers refuse to go in 'Jitney', a show that gives audiences a look at a slice of African American life in the 1970s

  Enjoy the sounds of Bluegrass and the taste of BBQ at a weekend festival

The Cape Fear Bluegrass and BBQ Festival is a celebration of bands, food and beer from around the region

  Children of the 80’s can relive their youth at Cape Fear Museum event

A totally tubular event will raise money for the Cape Fear Museum

  Jamie Lee Curtis announces arrival in Wilmington for ‘Halloween Kills’

Jamie Lee Curtis is in Wilmington to film the latest installment of the "Halloween" movie. The actress posted a picture on Twitter from the set.

  Parents and educators invited to free workshops about dyslexia

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, which is aimed at creating awareness and improving the understanding of the conditio

  Two new film-related master’s programs at UNCW now accepting applications

The M.A. in film studies and M.F.A. in filmmaking have opened enrollment until February 2020.

  A fur-raising adventure: ‘Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids’ stars 22 children

"Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids" will be on stage on Oct. 11 and 12.

  New podcast takes listeners inside New Hanover County Schools

"The NHCS Podcast: Voices of the District" will have a new episode each month. It features educators, administrators and staff.

  First at Four recipe: Brownies that are good for you? Yes, please

Yoga studio owners, Tamal and Victoria Dodge, say a well-rounded yoga practice includes a conscious approach to eating. The couple published a new cookbook, "The Yoga Plate," which includes more than 100 healthy recipes organized according to a yoga practice.

  Riverfest celebrates 40 years as one of Wilmington’s most popular festivals

Riverfest was created in February 1979, by a group of Wilmingtonians interested in showcasing downtown Wilmington and the Cape Fear River

  Elementary school student from Wilmington lands role on new Netflix show

Gavin Munn, a fifth grade student in Wilmington, can be seen on HBO’s "The Righteous Gemstones" and on Netflix’s "Raising Dion"

High-flying event dogs (and their owners) will enjoy

Bark in the Park is a treat for both dogs and their humans

  Upcoming events will give Special Olympics athletes a chance to shine

The Special Olympics New Hanover County has a few upcoming events that will highlight the hard work and dedication of its athletes

  Spend the day with pirates without spending a gold doubloon

Learn about the history of pirates in the Cape Fear region at the Feast of the Pirates this weekend

  Actor Judd Nelson talks about upcoming performance of ‘Love Letters’ and why he thinks a ‘Breakfast Club’ reboot isn’t possible

Actor Judd Nelson hasn’t been to Wilmington since filming "From the Hip" in 1986. He'll return next month for "Love Letters" on stage at UNCW.

  Artist’s exhibit tells the story of a passionate explorer of the creative life

"Opening the Curtain: Fifty Years of Image, Word and Song" features the works of Brian H. Peterson. It includes images, personal books, videos and samples of the scholarly work he did as a museum curator.

  Lakefest event features lessons on science, nature and outdoor recreation

Lakefest celebrates the wildlife, recreational activities at Greenfield Lake